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Dusky 227V XF Open Fisherman Boat Review

Let's take a closer look at the Dusky 227V XF Open Fisherman in this boat review

Dusky 227V XF Open Fisherman Boat Review

Dusky has designed a rugged 23-footer that can stand up to offshore conditions more commonly associated with much bigger boats and keep you safe and comfortable while doing so.

You won’t typically see a boat in this size class advertised as a true offshore center console but for many years Dusky has been introducing new boaters to the world of offshore fishing with various topside versions of the 227V hull. You might be skeptical of a center console in this class being capable of meeting your demands in the harsh conditions that the gulf stream often dishes, out but one ride in her would put your concerns to rest.

The 227V features a hard chine and step V bottom design for a dry and easy ride along with a closed transom and integrated fiberglass Dusky Drive bracket to provide superior performance while keeping water out of the cockpit on rough days. Like all Dusky models, she can be optioned out with many different features. As a base platform with the Forward V-seating used for insulated fish storage and an added optional live well incorporated into the forward console seat at a minimum, you’d be riding in an offshore ready machine at a very modest price point.

Add a few extra touches like a T-top and helm station with extra live well along with outriggers and a removable transom seat with backrest and you’ll be into a nicely rigged center console- ready for blue water adventures for less money than some premier technical skiffs are demanding. For anyone looking to dive into the offshore fishing game that wants the reliability and consistent performance that a new boat has to offer but isn’t ready or able to invest as much money as a multiple engine tournament ready beast would fetch, the Dusky 227V will afford you a spot on the same waters as the big dogs.

Dusky has been a factory direct builder since 1967 and their ability to work directly with the buyer without an outside sales network enables them to offer very competitive pricing without cutting corners on quality. These boats are ruggedly built for serious fishing and built to last a lifetime.

Dusky 227V XF Open Fisherman Specifications:

  • Length: 22’ 7”
  • Beam: 8’ 2”
  • Draft: 12” (hull)
  • Deadrise: 20-degrees
  • Weight: 3100 (hull)
  • Max HP: 225
  • Fuel: 60 Gallons
  • MSRP: $68,600

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Integrating these forward seats into the bow flare adds room for working a fish around the bow or setting the anchor easily.
Dusky 227V XF review
A roomy anchor storage locker is accessed through this large hatch for easy access to your ground tackle.
Dusky 227V review
Insulated fish holds and dry storage are both available beneath the forward seating as well as below deck.
Dusky 227V review
Thick padded upholstery and a high backrest make this forward console seat extra comfortable.
Dusky 227V XF review
A forward live bait well is located above the deck height within the console seat.
Dusky 227V XF review
This uncluttered dash face offers switching and electronics along with an open view forward via the center located helm.
Dusky 227V XF review
This classic single bow T-top design is rigged with six rod holders and ready for outriggers to be installed.
Dusky 227V XF review
This view of under gunwale gaff storage reveals a wide open path to the bow for fighting fish around the boat.
Dusky 227V XF Open Fisherman review
A conveniently located tackle storage solution is built into the helm face below your steering for easy access.
Dusky 227V XF Open Fisherman review
This cockpit storage compartment is large and deep enough to store washdown buckets inside.
Dusky 227V XF Open Fisherman review
A removable cockpit bench seat with a backrest is handy for day cruising and can be stowed for fishing space.
Dusky 227V XF Open Fisherman review
The classic look of a traditional rocket launcher/leaning post works perfectly in this classic Dusky design.
Dusky 227V XF Open Fisherman review
The Signature Dusky Drive integrated bracket keeps the cockpit dry and makes the 227V much more fishable in rough weather than many other boats in her class.

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